The Great Soy Expansion: Brazilian Land Grabs in Eastern Bolivia

September 22, 2013 Miguel Urioste F. de C., 0

In the last two decades, the best agricultural lands in Bolivia have been put into commercial production by large-scale producers closely linked to foreign investors, particularly Brazilians. Foreigners now control more than one million hectares of prime agricultural and ranching lands in Bolivia, primarily in the eastern lowland department of Santa Cruz, an important agro-export region dominated by transnational corporations.


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U.S. Urged to Curb Militarization in Latin America

September 19, 2013 Jim Lobe 0

Over the past decade, Special Operations Forces (SOF) ranks have more than doubled to about 65,000, and their commander, Adm. William McRaven, has been particularly aggressive in seeking new missions for his troops in new theaters, including Latin America and the Caribbean where they are training thousands of local counterparts.


Peru: Andean Self-determination Struggles against Extractive Capitalism

September 19, 2013 Lynda Sullivan 0

At various stages, affected groups realized the extent of what had been planned for Celendin. Teachers, students, workers in the municipality, left-leaning political groups, and the Rondas Campesinas (7) united to form a platform of civil society organizations (known as the Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina) from which they would organize a campaign against the project. Resistance also formed in Bambamarca/Hualgayoc – a province affected by 200 years of mining and whose only remaining source of uncontaminated water is threatened by Minas Conga.


Photo Essay: Following Police Eviction, Mexico’s Teachers Keep Fighting for Quality Education

September 18, 2013 Andalusia Knoll 0

The Teachers Union of Oaxaca has been camping out in the main square of Mexico City, the Zócalo, in protest of the new education reform implemented by President Peña-Nieto. The teachers, who have been protesting for almost a month, have denounced the reform saying it chips away their labor rights, fails to recognize the diverse needs of students in rural indigenous communities, and paves the way for school privatization. Teachers from Chiapas, Michoacán, and Veracruz have joined them in the capital.


Paraguay’s Militarized Democracy

September 18, 2013 Claudia Pompa 0

On August 23, Paraguayans woke up to news that resembled more the days of Stroessner’s dictatorship than those of a developing democracy. On August 22, Paraguay’s Congress had granted the newly inaugurated President Cartes power to unilaterally order military interventions inside the country. […]

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